No. 22 car finishes fourth after starting from the rear RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- Joey Logano likened his fourth-place finish Sunday at Pocono Raceway to one of those "blue-collar days." After helping his Team Penske No. 22 Ford team grind out a top-five from unlikely odds, Logano was still smiling post-race on pit road at the workmanlike effort. Logano started at the back of the 43-car field in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 after a Sunday morning rear-gearing change, then recovered from a pit-road speeding penalty on his first stop to claim his seventh top-five finish in 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year. At the heart of it was a solid game plan from crew chief Todd Gordon, who shouldered the blame for the penalty but made amends with his pit strategy. "Everyone did a good job," Logano said. "We weren't fast all weekend, so we fought hard and tried to use some strategy early. With the speeding penalty, I lost some there and then tried to keep moving up and got something decent out of it." After starting in the rear of the field, Logano quickly moved forward, gaining 15 positions in the first 10 laps. He'd picked off three more places by the time he reached his first scheduled pit stop, where Gordon called him in early on Lap 22. Logano was among the first to come down pit road, attempting to make the 400-miler a three-stop race from that point. In doing so, the team employed a strategy similar to those at road courses, where green-flag stops are less of a hindrance. "This place lends itself to being a little creative," Gordon said. "Pit road's fairly short compared to the track length, so pitting under green doesn't cost you a lap. Obviously starting in the back with a gear change made it a little anxious and (we) had to create something." But Gordon -- driven to gain more ground early -- also directed Logano to push the limits on the pit-road timing loops, netting the No. 22 entry a pass-through penalty for speeding. "I told him we could go to a point that he couldn't. I'll own that one," Gordon said. "Just trying to figure out what we could do for later and figured we'd take the lump early if it was an issue, and it was. Overall, a good recovery." The recovery effort was aided by Logano's ability to pick off spots during a handful of restarts in the race's second half, pushing him to as high as second place in the running order with 20 laps remaining. That stretch also included a brush with the Turn 3 wall, a glancing scrape with 26 laps left that didn't dramatically affect his progress. But his post-race lament was one shared by several teams -- the inability to keep pace with dominating race winner Martin Truex Jr . and runner-up Kevin Harvick . "We weren't fast from when we unloaded here on Friday and we worked it into a top-five piece," Logano said. "I'm proud of that. I felt like we might've had a third-place car at the end of the race possibly, but we just had nothing for the 4 (Harvick) and 78 (Truex). They've been so fast here the last couple of weeks, so we've got our work cut out to figure out how to beat those guys." The next site for that assignment comes Sunday at Michigan International Speedway , where Logano and Co. have enjoyed a measure of recent success. Since joining Team Penske two seasons ago, Logano has led at least 20 laps in each of his efforts at the 2-mile track, scoring a victory from the Coors Light Pole in August 2013. After converting a major Pocono rally, Gordon said there's something to the notion of Michigan momentum, but there's also the confidence that comes with making strides with the 2015 rules package. "This sport's all about the psychology of it and how you do, but it's good to get back to us making our race car better all day and we made our runs better all day," Gordon said. "That's something that we did very well last year, and with this new package and this new track bar adjuster, it's something that we've had to kind of work at trying to figure out how to handle that, and we're getting better at it." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano discuss their contact in the closing lap which cost both a shot at victory.
Official partners team up to create NASCAR-themed retail program RELATED: NASCAR Salutes page Shoppers at the Fort Bragg Commissary South were welcomed by a special guest on Tuesday, and an opportunity to win tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 . Joey Logano , driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion and member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, visited the commissary at Fort Bragg to meet-and-greet shoppers and give away eight tickets to this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The appearance was part of a collaboration between NASCAR, Coca-Cola, Mars Chocolate North America and 3M with DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency) to create a NASCAR-themed retail program at over 180 military commissaries across the country, as well as NASCAR: An American Salute. As part of this retail program, commissary shoppers can also enter the 2015 Champions Week Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas by visiting www.ChampionsWeek2015.com or by texting "NASCARSALUTE" to 313131. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Team Penske driver leads 176 of 200 laps, ends XFINITY dry spell Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " RELATED: Race results AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Joey Logano summed up his dominating victory in one word. "Finally!" Logano exclaimed after taking the checkered flag in Saturday's Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway . Logano had reason to be frustrated. He had finished second in his last four XFINITY Series starts, the last three after winning the pole. And the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford hadn't been to Victory Lane in the series since Sept. 28, 2013 at Dover International Speedway . On Saturday, however, Logano won the pole and closed the deal. Though race runner-up Matt Kenseth dogged his rear bumper all day long and closed to .294 seconds at the finish, he couldn't catch the No. 22 Ford, which led 176 of the 200 laps at the one-mile track. "It felt good," said Logano , who collected his second win at Phoenix and the 22nd of his career. "It took a long time to get our next win. We've been so close to winning -- obviously, a lot of poles and things are going well. We just needed a little more speed, and it was awesome to get it today." Logano , who posted the second perfect driver rating of his career, pulled away after a restart on Lap 144 and stayed out front the rest of the way, with Kenseth in close pursuit. "I was able to take off faster on restarts and get a nice lead and then Matt's car was looser than mine, so that is why I was able to get a lead," Logano said. "Once we started running a few laps, I would get tight and he would start catching up to me because his balance was a little more free. "I kept hoping for lapped traffic, because I was better in traffic, and that's where I made up time." Kenseth said he thought he had a better car for the longer runs, but traffic and dirty air proved his downfall. "For whatever reason, after our last pit stop, we just didn't fire off as fast," Kenseth said. "I had way less grip than (after) every other pit stop. ... He ( Logano ) got away pretty good, and then when it was time to go, I just got tight running him down with all the lapped cars, and I couldn't quite get there." Kevin Harvick ran third, followed by Austin Dillon and Erik Jones , subbing for injured Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Ty Dillon came home sixth and retained the series lead by 14 points over 14th-place finisher Chris Buescher . The NASCAR XFINITY Series will be back on track next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Contributing: Staff report s MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
First victory in the Great American Race for Team Penske driver SHOP: Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Get full race results " Series standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No one seemed more surprised than Joey Logano as he stood atop his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in Daytona International Speedway Victory Lane celebrating his first-ever Daytona 500 victory on Sunday. Logano -- who in 2009 at the age of 19 became the youngest winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series history -- emerged from a tight pack of pre-race favorites on a green-white-checkered overtime restart and held off reigning Cup champion Kevin Harvick as the caution and checkered flag flew to win at Daytona and clinch a berth in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the process. "I can't believe it," said Logano , whose previous best finish in this race was ninth in 2012. "That is really amazing. The Daytona 500. Oh my God. Are you kidding me? "I was so nervous pretty much the whole race. We worked so hard in the offseason and this is my weakest race track, the superspeedways, and we worked so hard at them. I couldn't be more proud. "Unbelievable." Defending Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, frustrated after having what he thought was a race-winning car. Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. Jeff Gordon, who started on the pole for the race and led six times for a race-best 87 laps, was collected in a last-lap wreck on the backstretch. But he drove his dinged-up No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet around the track to take his final Daytona 500 checkered flag in 33rd place. "For some reason I'm still smiling and enjoyed every moment of it," said the four-time Cup champ, who is stepping away from full-time NASCAR competition after this season. "I obviously enjoyed the first half (of the race) more than the second half. … This is an amazing week and an amazing day. I'm just in this different place that is so foreign yet so incredible, just soaking it all in. "I'm more upset I didn't have a chance at winning it. … I'm not going to miss those final laps. That was just crazy." The final restart came after a 6-minute red-flag period caused by a Justin Allgaier wreck on the frontstretch and created the kind of frantic finish fans are accustomed to in NASCAR's biggest race. But for the most part, Sunday's show on a Chamber of Commerce day with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s was tame by restrictor-plate racing standards. The final lap eight-car mid-pack melee was the sole "Big One" that most have come to expect on the superspeedways. Mostly, the day was characterized by exciting three-wide racing with familiar faces leading the way. Overshadowed amid other dramatic storylines that have dominated the 2015 Daytona Speedweeks, six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson quietly and doggedly went about his business Sunday and looked to be in good position to hoist his third Daytona 500 trophy, and second in the past three years. Rallying from a mid-race pit road penalty that dropped him to 40th place, Johnson strategically maneuvered his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet in the waning laps to be in position for the win, but lamented the fact his line of drafting cars just didn't have the get-up-and-go when they needed to be gone. "With 10 to go, I thought we were going to win the Daytona 500, but with plate racing you have no clue what's going to happen really," Johnson said. Earnhardt echoed the disappointment. "I made a real bad decision on that restart with 19 to go, made a poor choice and got shuffled back and lost a ton of spots," Earnhardt said. "I'm real disappointed because the guys gave me the best car and we should have run the race." It was a touch-and-go day for several race favorites -- their strategy complicated after receiving pit road penalties in the season debut of NASCAR's new high-tech camera monitoring system on pit road. Johnson was called for a pit road violation when his crew was ruled to have jumped over the pit wall too soon on a mid-race stop. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. -- who like Johnson were running among the top five much of the race -- were called for speeding penalties. And Sprint Cup Series sophomore Kyle Larson was caught speeding and then later for his team "throwing equipment over the wall" on consecutive stops forcing him into a day of catch-up. He was running top 15 in the final 10 laps but also got collected on the last-lap crash and finished 34th. Fan favorite Tony Stewart continued his dismal Daytona 500 fortune. While running among the top 10 cars 41 laps into the race, his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy suffered from a tight condition and slid up into the outside wall, nicking rookie Ryan Blaney's Ford. The Toyotas of Matt Kenseth and Michael Waltrip also suffered minor damage in the incident but continued. "I'll take the blame for that one, 100 percent my fault," said Stewart, the three-time Cup champion who is now 0-for-17 in the Great American Race. His 42nd-place effort Sunday is his third finish of 40th or worse in the last four years here. Former Daytona 500 winners Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman also struggled on Sunday -- with McMurray's No. 1 Cessna/McDonald's Chevy sustaining body damage in an early race dust-up and Newman -- the 2014 Sprint Cup championship runner-up -- hitting the wall after getting caught in the aftermath of Blaney's blown engine with less than 25 laps remaining. Substitute drivers Regan Smith and Matt Crafton finished 16th and 18th, respectively. Smith drove the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy for Kurt Busch, who has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following off-track legal troubles. Crafton filled in for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who is recovering from broken right leg and broken left foot suffered in Saturday's XFINITY Series season-opener at Daytona. Logano's triumph was the second Daytona 500 win for legendary team owner Roger Penske and made the 24-year-old Logano the second youngest driver to win the race. "We knew what we had to do and had a really fast car and just need to make sure I didn't get snookered on the restarts," Logano explained. "I can't explain how cool this is. … It feels just like the way you dream it. This is better than Disney World in here." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver has won a career-best four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014 RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize In the midst of a career-best season, Joey Logano has signed a new "multi-year" agreement with Team Penske, the team announced Thursday. Logano will continue to pilot the No. 22 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series under the terms of the deal. " Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners," team owner Roger Penske said. "He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come." Logano is currently second in the points standings and, with his win last week at New Hampshire, has guaranteed himself a spot in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He has four wins, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s this year. "I am fortunate and excited to be a part of Team Penske for the foreseeable future," Logano said. "Mr. Penske gives us everything we need to keep our eye on the prize and compete for wins and championships. I think that is clear by the number of wins we have across the board this year. "I'm fortunate to represent great companies like Ford, Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, AutoTrader.com, Discount Tire, Hertz and all of the great partners we have here at Team Penske. I think our best years are in front of us for sure." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. and Keselowski among those involved in incidents MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- In a race that saw Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup favorites Jimmie Johnson , Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr . fall by the wayside, Joey Logano earned a ticket to the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway . Logano beat rookie Kyle Larson to the finish line by .480 seconds to notch his fifth victory of the season, tied with Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. The win was Logano ’s first at Kansas and the eighth of his career. Kyle Busch ran third, posting his first-ever top-five at a track that has plagued him mercilessly in races past. Martin Truex Jr . came home fourth, posting his first top-five of the season and his second consecutive top-10. Carl Edwards was fifth, with fellow Chase drivers Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin right behind him in sixth and seventh, respectively. Logano can now enjoy the next two races at Charlotte and Talladega worry-free, assured of earning one of the eight spots in the Eliminator Round. “It makes Talladega a lot easier, that is for sure,” Logano said. “To know we are onto the next round, we can focus on a few more races coming up, and we’ll keep trying to capitalize like we’re doing. ... “It’s so much fun to race these cars lately. Everyone at Team Penske has given me great stuff to work with. It’s awesome to be back in Victory Lane again. I felt we had a good car all weekend, but I wasn’t 100-percent sure; but once that top (lane of the race track) opened up, it just took off.” Clobbered in a Lap 85 wreck also involving Greg Biffle , Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise , Johnson finished 40th, matching his worst result ever in a Chase race (2005 at Homestead) and faces an uphill battle toward a possible record-tying seventh series championship. Johnson goes to Charlotte next Sunday last among the 12 remaining Chase drivers, 27 points behind teammate Jeff Gordon in eighth place. Two weeks hence, at Talladega, the Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight drivers. Earnhardt led 45 laps before a flat right front tire sent him hard into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 122 of 267 while leading the race. Earnhardt limped home in 39th place and dropped to 11th in the Chase standings, 25 points behind Gordon, who salvaged a 14th place finish despite hitting the Turn 4 wall after contact from Jamie McMurray ’s Chevrolet. Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, was running fifth when he blew a right front tire and slammed into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 160. He finished 36th and is 10th in the Chase standings, 22 points behind Gordon. Johnson, Earnhardt and Keselowski weren’t the only Chase drivers to have issues. On a day that saw all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers tag the wall, Kasey Kahne damaged his No. 5 Chevrolet after a restart on Lap 235. Kahne had taken a wave-around after an early pit stop had left him a lap down and was mired in traffic when the car got away from him in Turn 2. He finished 22nd. Polesitter Kevin Harvick led 61 laps but brought his car to pit road for an unscheduled stop on Lap 215, mistakenly thinking his right front tire was going down. Harvick lost a lap but used a wave-around and some hard racing in the closing laps to salvage a 12th-place result. “I thought I had a flat tire and pitted, because you see all the trouble that is going on (with other drivers having tire issues),” Harvick said. “(We) missed it on the handling a little bit today. We qualified well and had good track position. “That saved us in the beginning of the race, and when I thought I had a flat, just got us behind.” Both Logano and Larson agreed that the final restart of the race on Lap 240 was critical. Logano surged into the lead and, in clean air, was able to keep Larson behind him. “I thought we were pretty equal and were running about the same (lap times) there on the last run,” Larson said. “Just a good finish, and we were so even that I couldn’t do anything. I was hoping I would get a run on him in traffic, and all the lappers were giving us the top, so it kind of made it kind of easy for him to run the top. “Another second and can’t be too disappointed with it. The wins will be coming, so I just have to be patient, and with every time I’m in the top three, it’s just going to make the wins feel that much better.” MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Joey Logano talks about overcoming pit-road penalties to get a top-five finish at Pocono Raceway.
Logano already in Eliminator Round; Kes wins his way in RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Brad Keselowski 's chances of advancing to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup appeared to take a hit when he was involved in a Lap 59 wreck that brought out the first caution of the day during Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway . But the 2012 Sprint Cup champion serged late on the second of two green-white-checkered finish attempts to win the GEICO 500 and race his way into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski was running with the lead pack when Jamie McMurray suffered a cut left-rear tire that ignited a chain reaction. McMurray got into Keselowski and Michael McDowell , and sent Keselowski's Team Penske teammate Joey Logano spinning into the infield. Keselowski suffered minor damage and took four tires in the ensuing pit stop, and his crew took a long look at his damage. Logano fell a lap back at the time but already advanced to the Eliminator Round after winning at Kansas. He finished the race in 11th place. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation